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4GB or 8GB RAM For a Home Theater PC?

  • Home Theatre
  • Windows 7
  • RAM
  • Memory
Last response: in Memory
April 14, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Is 8GB overkill for a htpc, or will 4GB be enough?

P.S. Which OS Is the best for a htpc, windows 7, 8 etc.

A quick response would be appreciated,


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a b } Memory
a b $ Windows 7
April 14, 2014 11:22:12 AM

well, if only playing movies/tv shows, the 4gb is fine, and either windows 7 or 8 is fine aswell, its more of a personel preferance thing. if you can afford 8gb ram go for it, but you should be ok with 4gb.
a b $ Windows 7
a b } Memory
April 14, 2014 11:23:11 AM

i'd say 8 and win8.1 with a wireless tiny usb keyboard.

I'd say 8 so as to minimise the risk of needing to use page file.
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a b $ Windows 7
a c 115 } Memory
April 14, 2014 11:25:02 AM

4GB is plenty, even 2GB would work.

Windows 8 would be better, however i don't consider a "HTPC" really that good for easy media playback.

I'd need more information for better advice but I recommend something more like THIS:

Then add the 2TB WD Elements USB drive.
Compatibility list:

I like this one:

I have a separate BluRay player for all my DISC needs, and use the Western Digital drive for everything else.
- can copy/paste files via network (or move USB drive to PC then back)
- supports ISO image files for DVD or BluRay (ripped some DVD's for my sister's kids using DVD Decrypter, then Imgburn.)
- plays all the MKV, MP4 etc files I've found
- Netflix etc.
- adds Thumbnails, and description if desired for movies

*You want something that can easily turn on and off, and navigate with a remote control.
a b $ Windows 7
a b } Memory
April 14, 2014 1:51:49 PM

is that Gbe or 10/100?